The PGA has announced that it will be moving its World Golf Championships from Florida to Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City. For the past 55 years, the PGA held the event at Doral resort near Miami. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee and golf enthusiast Donald Trump purchased the resort in 2012 and spent $250 million renovating it. While PGA officials have insisted the move has nothing to do with politics, it is hard to ignore the irony.
“Some of the reaction revolves around the feeling that this is political exercise, and it is not that in any way, shape or form,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said during a news conference at the Memorial Tournament. “The decision here was based on the reality that we are not able to secure sponsorship for next year’s WGC at Doral or for years out for that matter.”
“At the same time, we had an opportunity to build what we think is going to be a spectacular event in an area that is strategically important to the growth of the sport and the activity of the PGA Tour that has been focused in South America and Central America for the last good number of years.”
“They’re moving it to Mexico City,” Trump said in an interview on Fox News, “which, by the way, I hope they have kidnapping insurance.”
In a statement released Wednesday, Trump said: “It is a sad day for Miami, the United States and the game of golf, to have the PGA Tour consider moving the World Golf Championships, which has been hosted in Miami for the last 55 years, to Mexico.”